BJP will win two-thirds majority in Haryana, buoyed by the support the party’s clean image and the support it has received after the removal of Article 370, says Union home minister Amit Shah. Speaking to News18 Network Group Editor-in-chief Rahul Joshi in an exclusive interview, Shah also said that the BJP’s five-year corruption free rule in Haryana has seen the politics of casteism (jats versus non-jats) completely diluted.
On BJP’s prospects in Haryana, Shah expressed confidence that it has an edge, particularly with the Modi government’s decision to remove Article 370. The party, which is aiming to retain its government for the second consecutive term, is raking up, among others, the issue of country's national security and scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The situation is very good. The effect of removing article 370 has been very positive there because Haryana is one of the states which sends the most number of personnel to the army,” Shah said.
Further, both the Khattar government and Modi government’s track record on governance will boost BJP’s electoral prospects.
“In Haryana as well there has been a govt with zero corruption. Even there the UPA govt gave 22,000 crore in 5 years. Modiji's govt has given close to 1 lakh 17 thousand crore rupees. There is change that has come in and a lot of work has happened. There isn't a single district in Haryana without roads, four lane roads, six lane roads; infrastructure, electricity supply, tackling farmer issues, whatever amount of grain has come in, we have bought that at the minimum support price,” Shah added.
While not giving away any numbers, Shah maintained that the Khattar government will return with the two-thirds majority in the upcoming assembly polls in Haryana.
“It won't be right to give a number as of now but even there we will cross the 2/3 majority mark.”
On jat versus non-jat factor playing out in elections, Shah discounted it and said that the last five years of BJP rule in the state has completely diluted the politics of casteism.
“In 5 years, this politics of casteism has been diluted 100 percent. The biggest achievement of Narendra Modi towards democracy in this country has been the end of politics of casteism, nepotism and appeasement. After 1966, it seemed evident that these three factors have become ingrained in the politics of this country. But between 2014 and 2019, we have achieved much relief from all these three factors,” Shah said.
Haryana's 90 assembly seats will go to polls on October 21 and counting of votes will take place on October 24.
The primary contest is between Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP and Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress. BJP came to power in the state after winning 47 seats in the 2014 assembly polls, while the Congress was restricted to just 15 seats. The regional outfit, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) took 19 seats.
Apart from the three main players, this time the new Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) led by Dushyant Chautala, which broke away from the INLD, has also emerged as a key player.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP made a clean sweep in Haryana, winning all 10 parliamentary seats at stake in the state and improving on its 2014 tally of seven seats.
Elections in Maharashtra will also take place on the same date - October 21 and result on October 24.
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